Thanks for the plug, Scott. Like you, I use natural lighting; morning mostly and some evenings I bought an inexpensive light tent that does diffuse some light, but also applies (tent ceiling) reflections to anything shiny one the knife; so, be aware.
John, the knife looks freakin' great. As to the thumpling and key questions: that was a lot of work; do you want to put in that much effort on each knife made? Personally, I'd streamline the process if possible.
Names of birds, planes, flowers, are all good. More later, I'm tired. Damn nice work!
Always looking for older Randall Made Knives...